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A cannabis dispensary has opened in the same location that formerly housed a Sprint store at the Union Landing shopping center in Union City, CA. “When you go into dispensaries you’ll be shocked,” said Bill Schrader, owner of Austin Group, which leased the space. “The store is a cross between an Apple store and a […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Investing. This has been one of the topics I’ve been most commonly asked about throughout my career. People want to know why I make my decisions and how I decide what to invest in and what not to invest in, but I think there’s a more important conversation that needs to be had first.  The […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
NEW YORK — Former CVS Health executive Maly Bernstein has been named named  chief executive officer of Bluemercury, a Macy’s Inc. retail brand, effective September 13. Maly Bernstein   She will oversee the growth and strategy of all aspects of Bluemercury, from its digital platform to stores. She will report to Tony Spring, chairman and […]
  1. Channel: Mass
A couple of stories on CNBC suggest a trend as big-box stores look to expand their appeal and bring in new shoppers. One piece says that Ulta Beauty “will open its first beauty shops inside of Target next month. The mini shops will feature an assortment of merchandise from more than 50 prestige brands for […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Following this year’s informative first all-virtual Mintel Big Conversation, our Global Food & Drink Analyst Ophélie Buchet and Senior Innovation Analyst Rosalia Di Gesu highlight some of the standout disruptive innovative products featured at the event. These food/drink and beauty innovations are rated ‘best in class’ by both Mintel clients and our analysts, and tap […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is hosting wellness days at about 4,700 of its stores on Saturday. The retailer said the free events will offer customers access to screenings, immunizations and health information. The goal is to help people get back on track with preventive health measures they may have missed over the past year, especially […]
  1. Channel: Department Stores
Sephora shop-in-shops were a mainstay at J.C. Penney stores for 15 years, but due in part to the department store’s struggles, the beauty chain decided to take the concept to Kohl’s. J.C. Penney is looking to build its own identity with “JCPenney Beauty,” its own in-store shops. Penney has also announced a partnership with Thirteen […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Target and Ulta Beauty have announced that the two companies will open in-store beauty products shops inside the mass merchandiser’s stores beginning next month. Ulta Beauty at Target will launch in more than 100 Target stores and on with plans to roll the concept out to 800 locations in the coming years. Target associates […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
Consumer shopping habits have shifted irreversibly towards ecommerce in the past two years. For many, every day has become a holiday as new packages arrive from their favorite online retailers. One surprising aspect of this shift is how retailers have adapted their businesses in response. According to Mirakl’s Enterprise Marketplace Index (“the Index”), while traditional […]
  1. Department: HBC
JCPenney is putting its stake in the inclusive beauty movement with the launch of a new in-store and online beauty experience. The core mission of JCPenney Beauty is to create a “hyper-inclusive,” omnichannel experience that “exemplifies [the retailer’s] commitment to amplify diverse and inclusive beauty brands.”   Launching in select retail locations and on October 2021, JCPenney Beauty will go to market with Thirteen Lune as […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Discount retailer Dollar General announced today the expansion of its private brand Believe Beauty which originally launched in 2019. The new range will be called Believe Skin and will include 11 vegan and cruelty-free products priced at $5 or less. The line was developed by Maesa and features a moisturizer, cleanser, exfoliating pads, and more. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
We had a story yesterday about how Amazon is likely to double its e-grocery sales in the next five years, leading one MNB reader to write: Just a short example of Amazon power. I needed a figurine light replacement. Could find it at the local Lowes for $4.19 My wife found it on Amazon for […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. will host its third quarterly “Best of Local Brands” summit in September, the retailer said on Monday. The virtual event is intended to allow the regional grocery chain to discover new local brands that can expand and enhance the product offerings at its more than 280 retail stores […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
MPB Careers: Amazon – Sr. Product Manager – Consumables Private Brands Sustainability Job ID: 1632594 | Services LLC Apply now DESCRIPTION Do you have a passion for products and environmental sustainability? Do you possess proven analytical capabilities, communication skills, and product development experience? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy multi-tasking? If […]

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